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Alan Budd, DMD 

Dr. Alan Budd, a general dentist in Boston MA, is a tireless advocate for improving the wellbeing of dentists. As Chair of the MDS Health and Wellness Committee, he guided its development into a robust resource serving all society members. He is the director of Dentists Concerned for Dentists (DCD), a non-profit providing confidential assistance to dentists with substance use problems. He drafted and lobbied for MA H.369, An Act Establishing a Dentist Diversion Program, so dentists with stigmatizing mental health disorders can seek help without fear of reprisal. He also serves as a consultant to the ADA Dentist Wellbeing Advisory Committee. 

Dr. Budd graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1983. After a Public Health residency, he joined the Tufts faculty as a Clinical Instructor and retired from teaching in 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry. He has practiced general dentistry in Boston’s Back Bay and Financial District for 37 years. 

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Jonathan Shenkin, DDS

Dr. Shenkin was former Vice President of the American Dental Association from 2013-2015, past President of the Maine Dental Association (MDA), past chair of the ADA Council on Communications and most recently, served as an ADA national media spokesperson on pediatric dental issues. He recently served his second term on the MDA board as long term delegate. He was the 1st District Caucus Whip, 1st District Trustee to the ADA, and continued to serve on the MDA's Council on Government Relations.
In 2013, Dr. Shenkin received the MDA President's Award (for the second time) and in 2019, he was placed on the MDA Honor Wall. Dr. Shenkin was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2015, only the second dentist to receive this award at the time in the United States. He completed a project in Minsk at the Belarusian State Medical University entitled "Integrating Oral Health into Pediatrics in Belarus".

For the past two years, Dr. Shenkin had been working on legislation with the Maine Legislature that would result in commercial dental insurance reforms. In 2020, Dr. Shenkin requested that the senators sponsor a bill that would eliminate wait periods for treatment in dental insurance for children. The bill (LD 1975) subsequently passed and was signed into law by the governor, and Maine became the first state in the nation to eliminate treatment wait periods for children. 

For the past two years, Dr. Shenkin had been advocating for Maine to implement a comprehensive adult dental Medicaid benefit which is close to being finalized. Most recently, Dr. Shenkin was working on a bill, currently in committee, that would establish a minimum medical loss ratio for dental insurance in Maine, similar to what is required for health plans in the Affordable Care Act.
Besides helping extend dental benefits to adults with Medicaid, Shenkin also championed the elimination of waiting periods for children whose families get new dental insurance, with that measure becoming law in 2019. Most recently, an insurance reform bill proposed by Shenkin failed this year, but is expected to be taken up in 2022.. 

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Thomas E. Van Dyke, DDS, Ph.D.

Thomas E. Van Dyke, D.D.S., Ph.D., received his dental degree in 1973 from Case Western Reserve University and a PhD in Oral Biology from State University of New York in 1982. He received the IADR Award for Basic Research in Periodontology in 2001 and the Norton Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research in 2002 among other honors and awards. He serves, or has served, on numerous prestigious editorial boards. He served as President of the Periodontal Diseases Research Group of the IADR from 1991-1992. His other IADR/AADR service includes Membership Committee, 1983-1986, Science Information Committee, 1990-1993, and Scientific Awards Committee, 2001-2006. Dr. Van Dyke has also served as President of the International Academy of Periodontology (1997-1999). 

Currently, Dr. Thomas Van Dyke is Vice President for Clinical and Translational Research and Chair of the Department of Applied Oral Sciences at the Forsyth Institute. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and has authored/co-authored 350+ original articles, numerous abstracts, and book chapters.



Jeanine Carreiro, RDA, CDA

Jeanine Carreiro has been involved in dental assisting since 1984. Ms. Carreiro began her career as a CDA, eventually taking on more professorial roles after going to school and graduating in 2000 with an Associates in Science from Bristol Community College. In 2014, she would receive her bachelor’s in occupational education from Fitchburg State University. Three years later, in 2017, Ms. Carreiro would earn her master’s in education, curriculum and teaching, also at Fitchburg State University. 

Ms. Carreiro is still working as a dental assistant in Seekonk, MA, and currently serving as a lead instructor for a dental assisting program at East Providence High School Career and Technical Center. She could teach her students a thing or two about karate chops, too, seeing as Ms. Carreiro also has a black belt in Taekwondo.

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Amanda Berthiaume, RDH, CDA, MsDH

Amanda Berthiaume, RDH, CDA, MsDH, graduated with honors from Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) in 2015 after serving as the President of the Student American Dental Hygienists' Association (SADHA) for two years. She then went on to get her Master’s Degree in dental hygiene education at the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at MCPHS University in 2020.
Since then, Amanda has worked clinically for Wilbraham Dental Associates and as adjunct faculty in the STCC dental hygiene program. An active ADHA member since 2013, she is proud to currently serve as the 2022 President elect for the Massachusetts Dental Hygienists’ Association..  

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David S. Samuels, DMD

Dr. Samuels received both his DMD and graduate certificate in Periodontics from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He served on and chaired several committees and councils within the Merrimack Valley District and the MDS before becoming chair of the district. He was an MDS Trustee from 2000-2007 when he was elected Vice President, and eventually president in 2009-2010. His outreach on inclusion and legislative advocacy within the state and on Capitol Hill brought him distinction and numerous awards from the ADA and other organizations. Dr. Samuels has volunteered at Yankee each year since 1987, has chaired virtually every committee, and was the General Chair in 2008, spending several years overseeing the move from the Hynes to the BCEC. For the last 35 years he has split his time between his offices in Andover, Bermuda and Martha’s Vineyard, and currently limits his practice to periodontics and implant surgery on the Vineyard. Dr. Samuels is an extreme sports enthusiast, and lives with his wife Laurie. They are the proud parents of three children and six grandchildren.



Robin A. Taher, DMD

Robin A. Taher, DMD, is a 1989 graduate from Worcester State College where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology after being selected for the Dean’s List for all four years and serving as the Vice President of the Tri Beta Biological Honor Society from 1987 to 1988. From there, Dr. Taher would go on to graduate from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1998 where she earned honors and was the recipient of the Dean Lonnie H. Norris, K80, and Dr. Lonnie M. Norris Senior Award for achievement, professionalism, and strength of character.

After her graduation in 1998, Dr. Taher worked in a handful of dental practices as an associate dentist. However, it only took a few years before she began taking the reins and became a practice owner in 2000. On top of running her own private practice and participating in community service, Dr. Taher has served on the staff of Quinsigamond Community College as a member of their adjunct faculty and a clinical instructor. Dr. Taher has been active in organized dentistry for some time now, currently serving as a District Chair for the Worcester District Dental Society.

Laurie Samuels


Mrs. Sharon DeMyer-Nemser

A lifelong resident of Williamstown, Massachusetts, Mrs. Sharon DeMyer-Nemser is a 1974 graduate of North Adams State College where she pursued a degree in Mathematics. She would work at Williams College until 1987 when she would join her husband, Charles J. Nemser, DDS, in his office until the practice closed in 2011. Charles would then become the Director of the Dental Residency Program at Berkshire Medical Center, where Sharon would work for a year as his administrative assistant. 

Sharon has served on a multitude of Boards for various volunteer efforts. She also received the Volunteer of the Year, recognized by The Cancer Center at Hillcrest, in 2015 as well as the Berkshire Professional Woman of the Year Award as Woman of Achievement for 2016. Currently happily retired and volunteering, Sharon is a proud Situ (Arabic for grandmother) to three granddaughters, a son, and two grand dogs. 

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Mrs. Florence Cahillane

Mrs. Florence Cahillane of Northampton graduated with her Dental Assisting degree from Springfield Technical Community College in 1965. Her first job was working for Dr. Charles Gleason of Northampton, and he was a wonderful mentor, as well as the part-time drummer for the famous Peter Duchin Band. In the late 1970s she joined the practice of Dr. George Falk and Dr. Patrick Lang at Florence Dental Care, enjoying more than a decade with their practice.  In 1991, Florence joined Kaiser Permanente Dental Group, working alongside Dr. Craig Wilson and Dr. Loren Howell in a Dental Assistant Supervisor role. Florence still works, more than 50 years into her career, as a part time Dental Assistant for Wegrzyn Dental Group in Chicopee, MA. Florence was recruited as a volunteer for Yankee Dental Congress by her daughter Dr. Cherie (Cahillane) Bishop.  Florence has served on many Yankee Committees, including General Arrangements, Hospitality and Registration. She has also served as a Room Coordinator for decades. She has been a proud Yankee attendee since the 1970s when it was located at the Statler Hilton in Boston. Florence is greatly honored to receive this award.

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